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Pilot Terror

When I was a kid, the captain still honored the tradition of coming down the aisle and asking lucky young 'uns if they'd like to have a look at the cockpit. It's not such a thrill when you're a grown-up, but pre-9/11 on the little 12-seat puddle-jumpers I'd take from New Hampshire down to Boston and New York the pilots would keep the sliding door open for the flight and it was kind of fun to be able to watch the instrument dials and eavesdrop on their conversation. The last flight I took like ...

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Topical Take

Bowe Jest

Bowe Bergdahl is to be charged with desertion. This is not exactly a surprising development. As I said when he was released, Bergdahl is "a deserter at best and at worst enemy collaborator". I incline to the latter view myself, but, be that as it may, there are innumerable instances throughout human history of soldiers who abandon their comrades and attempt to aid the enemy. What makes this case unique is the behavior of Bergdahl's commander-in-chief. As I wrote on June 3rd last year: ...

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Death to America! Death to the Jews! Death to Me!

"Death to America!" It's not just for Americans anymore: "Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu Akbar," the worshipers recited en masse. Then a terrorist roaming among the mosque's patrons detonated himself... Don't you hate it when you're raining down death-curses on people hither and yon, and then some guy blows you up? In this case, the pro-Houthi Shia victims were killed by a pro-ISIS Sunni terrorist. Some 140 dead, over 350 injured. This was in ...

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Le Pen is Mightier Than the Sword?

A few notes on this first weekend of spring

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The Hugh Hewitt Show

The Back of the Bus Without End

The race card, now and forever

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SteynPosts Extra

Which Is It?

The world's most lavishly funded and entirely moronic foreign ministry

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Hang-Ups

China gets old: A Steyn I-told-you-so moment

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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On the Air

Same Tune, Different Song

I've just made my first appearance on BBC Radio 4 since 1997, when I returned to "Loose Ends" with my old chum Ned Sherrin to plug Broadway Babies Say Goodnight. Today's once-every-two-decades appearance was for a show hosted by a lady I admire very much, the composer Debbie Wiseman. For Same Tune, Different Song, Debbie wrote a melody and gave it to two different lyricists to put words to. One was our friend Don Black, Oscar-winning writer of "Born Free" plus more Bond lyrics than anybody else ...

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Steyn on Culture

A Tale of Two Rapes

Yesterday, the Police Chief of Charlottesville, Virginia gave a remarkable press conference, the upshot of which was, as the New York Times headline put it: Police Find No Evidence Of Rape At University Of Virginia Fraternity Not only was there "no evidence" that the horrific gang rape at the frat house party took place, there was "no evidence" that the party took place. Indeed, there was "no evidence" that the man "Jackie" described as her date that night even exists. And yet last fall Rolling ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

On The Road To Mandalay

ImageSeventy years ago, the 14th Army under the command of General Bill Slim finally liberated Mandalay and returned it to British rule. Given the popularity of this song among British military concert parties of the time, more than a few of Slim's men must have found themselves singing:

Come you back to Mandalay
Where the old flotilla lay...

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Mark at the Movies

Waterworld

As SteynOnline's contribution to World Water Day, I thought we'd mark the 20th anniversary of a cinematic landmark - er, watermark. From 1995, Waterworld...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)

Where do you head after you've gone "South Of The Border"? Oh, that's easy...

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